Kevin Pettiway, 29, a Staten Island resident who formerly lived in the Bronx, shot Jayquan Smalls, 24, in his head and chest after they argued in the 1300 block of Webster Avenue in October 2017, authorities said.
Prosecutors said Frankie Esperanza, 34, sold guns to an undercover detective on eight different occasions. Among the inventory that allegedly changed hands: two semi-automatic assault rifles, a high-capacity magazine, and more than two hundred rounds of ammo.
District Attorney Darcel Clark said the need for a new system became abundantly clear following an assessment the DA’s office conducted on its technology and analytical tools last year with the help of the Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance.
The announcement comes after Queens City Council Member Rory Lancman sent a letter to all five city DA’s last week urging them to “dismiss all criminal summonses for offenses that were effectively decriminalized by the Criminal Justice Reform Act of 2016.”
Pending state legislation would make New York the 13th state, in addition to Washington D.C., to allow undocumented immigrants to receive driver’s licenses.
Bronx District Attorney Darcel Clark this weekend signaled her support for progressive, statewide criminal justice reform, exclusively telling Bronx Justice News that changes to the current system are “inevitable.”
Bronx District Attorney Darcel Clark has instructed her office to decline prosecutions of marijuana arrests when a defendant faces only a marijuana charge, according to a statement provided to the city council. In the fourth quarter of 2018 alone, around 90 percent of people arrested for marijuana possession in the Bronx were either Black or Hispanic, the DA said.
The longtime director of a Bronx youth group was sentenced to a year in jail for stealing thousands of dollars in federal funds meant to help middle-school kids, prosecutors said. Earnestine Russell, 69, who had served as executive director of the Baychester Youth Council since the 1980s, pleaded guilty to grand larceny in Bronx Supreme Court.
The retired Bronx detectives who coerced a false confession from Huwe Burton—the man recently exonerated in the murder of his own mother— have seen their tactics repeatedly challenged in connection with other homicide investigations over the years, Bronx Justice News has learned.
When a reluctant witness entered a Bronx courtroom this month and identified the man he says murdered his best friend, he defied a taboo against so-called “snitching” that hampers scores of criminal investigations in this borough each year—but which prosecutors are countering with renewed efforts to protect at-risk witnesses in gang cases.